Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a major women's health concern. In the United States alone, more than nineteen million new STIs occur every year. Common STIs range from the curable viral and bacterial infections such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis, to incurable chronic infections such as HIV/AIDS, herpes, and certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV). Some of these STIs, even those that are curable, can lead to serious consequences for women, including infertility and cancer. Alternatively, certain strains of HPV as well as bacterial vaginosis and other STIs are not harmful and are easily fought off by the body’s immune system. Click here for more information on specific STIs.
RHTP advocates for the development of female controlled methods of protection and provides accurate information about the transmission and risks of STIs. On the following pages, you will find more information about:
RHTP does not provide individual medical counseling. If you have personal health questions or believe you are at risk for an STI, please contact a local medical professional or the American Social Health Association.